Do I Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a serious health issue that 15 percent of women have. In many cases, women don’t even know they have PCOS. It is important for your overall health and wellness to be on the lookout for PCOS symptoms. The following may help you decide if you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

PCOS is not so common, but essential for women to understand more about. When women have an imbalance of androgens (male hormones) they can develop PCOS. There is no treatment for this serious women’s health issue, but taking healthy action could decrease PCOS symptoms. Even though there is no treatment for PCOS, here are the symptoms that can help you determine if you have the syndrome.

Irregular Period Cycles

When was your last period? If you are unsure, you may have PCOS. There are actually three main symptoms that doctors use to determine if you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. For instance, high levels of male hormones like androgens may be causing those irregular menstrual cycles.

Adult Acne that Won’t Go Away

Adult acne is a common women’s health and beauty issue, but it may also be a PCOS symptom. The imbalance of hormones due to the syndrome can cause you to break out like crazy. If you have been struggling with adult acne that won’t seem to go away you should talk to a doctor about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Hair Growth in Odd Places

If you find yourself waxing hair in odd places you may have PCOS. Significant hair growth is a symptom of this women’s health syndrome, including excessive hair growth on your upper lip, chin, and other odd places you normally don’t see hair growth.

Getting Pregnant is an Issue

Getting pregnant with PCOS is a challenge and if you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant and can’t, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome could be to blame. This can be due to the lack of progesterone and lack of menstrual cycles. Cysts can also prevent your healthy pregnancy eggs from getting to your uterus. If pregnancy is an issue you should absolutely talk to a doctor. PCOS could be to blame.

Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes is a Concern

This PCOS symptom is one that baffles even doctors. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has been linked to insulin resistance, which will cause your blood sugar levels to spike. If you are healthy, but are showing symptoms of diabetes or pre-diabetic symptoms you may have PCOS. Ignoring these symptoms could cause full-blown diabetes, so talk to a doctor.

What Can You Do About PCOS?

If you have any of the above PCOS symptoms you should take it seriously and talk to a doctor as soon as possible. Even though there is no cure you can significantly decrease symptoms with a few lifestyle changes. There is no one size fits all treatment, but you and your doctor can find a solution that works best for you.

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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker:

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